This just in: Governor Paterson's office has finalized the selection of Delaware North to transform the beleaguered Queens Aqueduct into a racino (industry jargon for a destination that's part-racetrack, part-casino).
"Today our administration will announce the selection of Delaware North to operate Video Lottery Terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack," said Governor Paterson in a statement. "This is a huge victory for the State, and it comes two weeks after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and I recommended this selection. Each day without a deal cost New York about $1 million in revenue. We are pleased that the Senate Republican leadership has finally recognized the significance of this economic development project for the people of New York. read more »